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Isolation can lead to detectably shorter telomere lengths in African grey parrots, according to a PLOS One study. An Austrian team used quantitative real-time PCR to measure telomere lengths in red blood cells from dozens of grey parrots ranging in age from less than one-year-old to 45-years-old that had been housed in captivity alone or with another bird.

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